Cats in the shelter

Not every shelter has a light open room (this one is referred to as the CATio) like Operation Kindness where these photos were taken, but most cats prefer an area where they can roam. After only a few minutes we were able to sit quietly on the floor in the middle of the room and make these natural light portraits.

A fast lens (one that opens up to a low number like 2.8 or 1.8 or even 1.2) is very helpful when photographing cats in natural light. Select an iso (light sensitivity rating) of about 640 and have fun!  Have someone stand behind you with a feather on a stick or a string of beads and the cats will look your way…

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  1. I have tried this before and had success. The only problem is color bouncing the room. When the walls are green and the lighting is florescence and you have daylight it’s hard to balance it all. Any suggestions?

  2. Overhead (especially flourescent) lighting has a green cast — and if the walls are green, too, it is difficult to overcome without a flash. If you have the ability to use your flash OFF CAMERA, and you have the natural light, like a window, behind you, you should be able to overcome the green cast. If you don’t have any natural light, you can either put a filter on your flash (a red filter will probably help the most) or shoot in RAW and color correct in photoshop. If none of this is possible — try using a red or pink background, like a 53″ roll of seamless paper which will at least add a little of the opposite color to the scene. Good luck!

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